Social Media

Three Reasons We Demand Real-Time Responses

Tamara Littleton | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Tech
Tamara Littleton

One of the by-products of instant messaging technology like WhatsApp and Messenger is the particular strain of frustration you feel when you don't get a quick response to a message you can see has been read. There's probably a wonderful German word for it.

How To Not Be A Dick On The Internet

Tim Thornton | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

I don't know about you, but I've never been particularly horrid on the Internet, although I've had my moments. I think I've successfully steered clear of outright abusiveness, but many's the time I've looked back at a comment I've bashed out and wondered whether the recipient might have found me excessively sanctimonious, cutting, or just a little bit ranty.

Jacob Rees-Mogg Reveals Why He Finally Joined Twitter - But Still Prefers Instagram

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK

Most people would be annoyed to find someone tweeting under their name - particularly if they did a rather good job at passing themselves off as the r...

The Deadly Danger Of Fake News And How Ordinary Citizens Can Combat It

Jyoti Agrawal | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jyoti Agrawal

Consuming digital content may be great for gathering information faster, but it does not promote deep, analytical thinking. In other words, we can be piling up mostly junk information while browsing content materials on our social accounts.

Mermaid Life: How I'm Letting Go Of Sinking Habits

Leanne Davis | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Davis

Ah swimming. I miss it when I'm not doing in, a bit like sex with a passionate new lover. Though swimming leaves me much calmer, connected and less likely pregnant. I mean, I seriously hope less likely pregnant. What are the chances of getting pregnant Virgin Mary style in a public swimming pool I wonder?

Jacob Rees-Mogg's First Ever Tweet Is The Most Rees-Mogg Thing Possible

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK

He’s become something of an unlikely online sensation thanks to his brilliant Instagram account but if you’re hankering for a bit more social medi...

The Importance Of Social Media

Paul Blanchard | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

What's clear is that social media is not just for shameless self-promoters, bored teenagers or angry trolls. It's an essential tool in raising your profile and reaching out to those you would never ordinarily have the opportunity to. Follow Jacob Rees-Mogg's example, and you stand to benefit hugely.

Fyre Festival Revealed The Difference Between Influencers And Ambassadors

Mark Haviland | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Haviland

There's been a clear shift in the way brands promote themselves online. People are influenced as much by ordinary people with a small but highly engaged following (otherwise known as 'micro-influencers'), as they are by media mega stars and celebrities.

Three Reasons You Probably Need A Social Media Scheduling Tool

Katrina Bruni | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Katrina Bruni

If you regularly share business, blog or personal content via social media, you could be making your approach a lot easier by using a scheduling tool. Before I get stuck into the reasons why, I just wanted to go over what social media schedulers do.

The Unique Opportunity Brexit Negotiations Present Young People

Gafar Kuku | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Gafar Kuku

We cannot waver in our determination to get across the message that politics turns in to legislation that could enable or prevent decisions that effect not just young people, but generations born after who have had no say whatsoever in the circumstances they'll be expected to make the best from.

The Reaction To Patton Oswalt's Engagement Proves We Don't Understand Grief

Jessica Hanson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hanson

For grief counsellors, it's become almost a mantra: "There is no timeline for grief." This idea that there's a neat timeline of 'mourning', 'getting over it' and 'ready to re-marry' is not only wrong, it's directly harmful to those coping with grief. So many bereaved people beat themselves up for not being 'over it' yet, or for moving on too quickly. The truth is that ways of grieving are as diverse and different as the people grieving and it's nobody else's business how someone reacts to the death of their partner.

Why Your Children Should Turn Off Snap Map Tracking On Their Phones

Cathy Wassell | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Cathy Wassell

My own children have not opted in to Snap Map but who knows If peer pressure will lead them to do so in the future? If all your friends are together and showing themselves as so in Snap Map wouldn't you want to join them? Let's face it, like everything else social media-related, your children almost certainly knew about the app before you did.

Quest For Sustainable Change: Looking Deeper Into Social Media Activism

James Jorner | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Tech
James Jorner

Days like this are easy to pull out of our collective memories thanks to social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It may even be more accurate to say that they have come to live in our shared consciousness.

The Psychology Of Trump's Tweets: Signals From A Distressed Man

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Aaron Balick

Another tweet, another firestorm. Clearly it's not normal, and even more clearly, this behaviour is not suited to the office of the president. But can Trump's tweets be a window into his soul - or more accurately, his psyche?

Terrorism In Britain: We Need Clear And Responsible Reporting

Simon Johnson | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Simon Johnson

As a nation I feel we are good at making the point that Islam is not synonymous with extremism - we rightly and frequently recognise that they are simply members of a faith, a community to be listened to and respected. As a majority, we understand this. But there is a clear disconnect between this sentiment and the media we allow ourselves to consume each day. And, looking ahead to the future, this is something that needs to change if we are to become a safer, more peaceful country.

Andy Warhol's £6m Selfie And How We Can All Now Be Famous For 15 Minutes

Tom van Laer | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom van Laer

One day in 1963, Andy Warhol walked into a New York photobooth and took what have become the world's most famous selfies. One of these trailblazing self-portraits has just been sold at a Sotheby's auction for just over £6m.

YouTube Star Shot Dead By Pregnant Girlfriend In 'Stunt Gone Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK

A pregnant teenager has been charged in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend in what she says was a social media stunt gone wrong. Monalisa Perez, of H...

7 Instagram Accounts Inspiring Better Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Instagram has been named as the worst social media app for young people’s mental health. The Royal Society for Public Health asked people aged 14-24...

How Not To Commit Career Suicide On Social Media

Victoria McLean | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Tech
Victoria McLean

For one thing, more and more people are getting fired because of posts on social media, whether due to inadvisable Facebook status updates slating their workplaces or getting involved in bad-mouthed Twitter spats.

The Fake Authenticity Movement

Charli Cohen | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Tech
Charli Cohen

The backlash against curated Insta-perfection has been a hot topic for quite some time now. It would seem that authenticity is the new currency among influencers. But when people start being 'real' because they feel they have to, is it really real? Or is it just doing more damage?

Social Media Around The World: Behind The Statistics

Daniel Lewis | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Tech
Daniel Lewis

It's totally okay to use social media to kill time or browse the news, but as I hope I've shown here, it can do so much more. And I think social gets really exciting when it helps us make the most of our offline lives.

Donald Trump Just Blocked Me For Comparing Him To An Omelette

Charlie Proctor | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
Charlie Proctor

Yes, you read that headline correctly! The President of the United States and the leader of the free world has just blocked me on Twitter for comparing him to an omelette. An omelette! Seriously, this is the most powerful person on the planet and instead of ruling; he is blocking people on social media because of his own insecurities.

Why I Know The Grenfell Tower Disaster Could Have Been Prevented

Grant Feller | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Grant Feller

Electric wiring open to the elements, broken fire extinguishers, insecure fire doors, lifts out of order, a lack of lighting that made crime more likely. Angry, exasperated and bewildered residents pleaded with me - me! - to help them do something about it because they knew that things were on a knife-edge unless more funds weren't spent on health and safety.

Social Media And Mobile Tech: It Gets In Your Head

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Aaron Balick

Answer me this. Can you get through this entire article without checking your phone? Try it and see how far you get. At average reading speed it will take about five minutes. Can you go five minutes without checking your email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If not, you need to seriously ask yourself if your attachment to your social media is messing with your head and your relationships.

Battle Of The Social Media Platforms - Instagram V Snapchat

Mike Bandar | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Bandar

In the summer of 2016, you likely opened Instagram to quite a surprise: colourful bubbles, full-screen videos, stickers galore...all of it vanishing a...